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MADE Hoops League: Miller-Whitehead Opening Eyes
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (11:22 AM CT, Fri March 3, 2017)
2022 wing Dariq Miller-Whitehead is a star in the making.
2022 wing Dariq Miller-Whitehead is a star in the making.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Springfield, MA (Future150) -- The MADE Hoops Winter Circuit Session 2 kicked off action on Saturday at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, with its 8th and 7th grade divisions doing battle. Several new names came to the surface throughout the day, while a few familiar ones made waves as well.

Dariq Miller-Whitehead, 2022 SG, New York Lightning (NY): Quite possibly the play of the day came from the explosive 6'1" wing, who in a heated battle with the PSA Cardinals, took a rebound from coast-to-coast before slamming it home effortlessly with one hand. The display of athleticism and natural ability left the crowd in a frenzy, and showed exactly what kind of ceiling the Newark, New Jersey native has to offer.

Moussa Cisse, 2021 Post, New York Rens (NY): The newest big man on the block in the national landscape is the 6'9" defensive demon who recently arrived in the United States. A prospect with an endless motor, the long athlete also showed some promising footwork on the interior with some nice finishes around the rim as well. After viewing him Saturday, he has a seat at the table when it comes to elite big men in the class early on.

Kaleem Moultrie, 2022 PG, Team Final (PA): When it comes to creative passers with natural vision, maybe the most impressive point guard we viewed throughout the day was the 5'10" floor general. On a Team Final squad loaded with talented guards, his instincts and feel for the game immediately caught our attention in two lopsided victories for his squad.

R.J. Greene, 2022 SG, PSA Cardinals (NY): A productive scorer and punishing slasher, the 5'11" wing has an impressive frame early on in his career. Whenever PSA needed a basket on Saturday, he took it upon himself to go get one for his team. If he can improve his jump shot over the coming months, he's going to see his stock really rise.

Amare Marshall, 2021 SG, NJ Playaz (NJ): In terms of perimeter scorers, the 6-foot shooting guard was one of the best we viewed on Saturday. Not only did he knock down shots from beyond the 3-point line and scored around the rim as well, he also showed his court vision with some nice passes in transition and in the half-court setting.

Matt Curtis, 2022 SG, New York Lightning (NY): There was no player in the 7th grade division who scored the ball as well as the 6'2" Hartford product on Saturday. A natural scorer with a great frame and picture-perfect jump shot, he is the offensive leader for the explosive NY Lightning group. While his ball skills need to continue to improve, there's no denying his advanced offensive skill set at this stage.

Noel Echevarria, 2022 SG, PSA Cardinals (NY): The prospect in the 7th grade division with the most impressive ball-handling skills had to be the 6'1" New York City product. A jumbo guard for his age group, he's shifty and is able to navigate his way through defenses with ease thanks to his array of moves on the floor. The lefty is also a smooth scorer as well.

Jalen Duren, 2022 Post, Team Final (PA): The giant in the middle for Team Final is the 6'6" post player hailing from New Castle, Delaware. While he obviously has a long way to go on both ends of the floor, he showed flashes of what he can become in a few years. He finished some nice plays around the rim, rebounded the ball well & blocked several shots in his games on Saturday. Expect him to be an impressive and more efficient player this time next year.


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